[b-hebrew] The Hebrew of the Jehoash Inscription

Dave Washburn dwashbur at nyx.net
Fri Mar 12 20:23:40 EST 2004


Hi Bryan,
Good point.  Can you offer references for the attestation with the "repairing" 
meaning?

On Thursday 11 March 2004 11:00, B. M. Rocine wrote:
> Hi Dave,
>
> What's more, we don't know that we are looking at bedeq at all.  The
> infinitive bedoq is also attested and means "a repairing."  I have not
> understood why bedoq has not been considered except that analysts begin
> with assumption of fake.  (I can understand the "need" for a piece without
> a clear custody record to be assumed a fake.  I have no problem with that.)
>
> Shalom,
> Bryan
>
> You wrote:
> > On Friday 27 February 2004 12:02, Stephen C. Carlson wrote:
> > > The latest edition of Biblical Archaeological Review has an article
> > > by David Noel Freedman discussing the Hebrew of the so-called
> > > Jehoash Inscription.  For one of his points, he writes: ""It would seem
> > > that `asah alone is the verb used in the inscription to mean 'repair,'
> > > not bedeq, which most likely carries its Biblical meaning 'crack'."
> > > He states this interpretation is "unusual, but not unimaginable," and
> > > cites Deut 21:12 and 2 Sam 19:25 [24 in some Bibles] for comparison.
> > >
> > > However, the use of this verb in these verses involves body parts,
> > > not inanimate materials or defects, so I'm not really convinced that
> > > the examples are to the point.  Can anyone tell me what's going on
> > > here?
> >
> > He wasn't just referring to `asah, but to `asah plus the entire chain of
>
> noun
>
> > objects.  The biggest complaint about the inscription has been its
>
> supposed
>
> > use of `asah bedeq to mean "make repairs" per modern Hebrew, but this
> > complaint takes the phrase out of its context in the inscription. `asah
> > apparently takes not only bedeq as its object, but all the other nouns
> > (walls, stairs, lattices, etc.) as well.  Even if we don't give it a
>
> specific
>
> > meaning like "repair," `asah in this context appears to mean "I did the
> > cracks, the stairs, the walls, the this, the that, and so on."  It looks
>
> to
>
> > me as though Cross and Greenstein, in their criticism based on the`asah
>
> bedeq
>
> > phrase, are themselves unduly influenced by modern Hebrew idiom, in that
>
> they
>
> > see it where it may not apparently be.
> >
> > What's going is that there are those who rushed to judgment on this
>
> artifact,
>
> > and now other scholars are saying "wait a minute.  Let's take another
>
> look."
>
> > I have no stake at all in whether the inscription is genuine or not; I
>
> really
>
> > don't care.  For me it's an interesting curiosity, nothing more.  But to
> > date, I haven't found the linguistic arguments against it convincing.
>
> Now,
>
> > it's nice to know I'm in the company of such as Freedman!
> >
> > --
> > Dave Washburn
> > http://www.nyx.net/~dwashbur
> > Learning about Christianity from a non-Christian
> > is like getting a kiss over the telephone.
>
> B. M. Rocine
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